They paid the ultimate sacrifice...killed in the line of duty. Many of the Mid-South's fallen heroes were remembered at a memorial Thursday afternoon. One of those honored was Memphis police officer Martoiya Lang.
"It's a day to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice," said MPD Director Toney Armstrong.
Director Toney Armstrong joined officers, firefighters, and emergency workers to honor their own who died in the line of duty.
This year's program is the first for Officer Martoiya Lang's family and friends.
The mother of four was shot and killed while serving a drug warrant with the Organized Crime Unit on December 14, 2012.
Her cousin, Neicy Moore, listened as the names of fallen heroes as they were read one by one.
"It's like you just sit waiting for her name to be called and then when you hear her name, it's almost like her name shouldn't be called. It's not real," said Moore.
Shelby County Sheriff's Office Chaplin Mitchell Dunn was there to remember his brother, Timothy Dunn, a Shelby County deputy killed in a head-on collision in 2004.
"If you've ever experienced an event where you lose a hero like that, it cuts you to the core," said Chaplin Dunn. "But the support that you receive, that's how you make it through."
Neicy Moore agrees.
"This event proves that the city does care and they do remember her, not only as an officer, but as a mother, a daughter, a sister, a fiance, you know, everything. She's still here."